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MS Am 2101

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Thomas Wentworth Higginson additional papers, 1779-1910: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2101
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911.
Title: Thomas Wentworth Higginson additional papers,
Date(s): 1779-1910.
Quantity: 1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Compositions by author and Civil War colonel, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, along with correspondence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

94M-82. Gift of Mary Potter Thatcher Higginson and Margaret Higginson Barney; received: 1938 July 27.
No accession number. Found with: MS Storage 281. Collection materials assembled by Carolyn Jakeman.

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Processed by: Jackie Dean.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Thomas Wentworth Higginson Additional Papers, 1779-1910 (MS Am 2101). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Higginson, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Stephen Higginson and Louisa (Storrow) Higginson, graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1847 and became a pastor first in Newburyport and then in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was actively involved in the abolitionist movement and served as colonel of the first regiment of African Americans in the Civil War. After the war, Higginson published biographies, essays, poetry, and histories, including Army life in a black regiment.


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Scope and Contents

These additional papers contain correspondence of Thomas Wentworth Higginson as well as of his father Stephen Higginson and other members of the Higginson family. There are compositions by Thomas Wentworth Higginson including articles about the South Carolina Loyal Regiment, poems, and a draft of Monarch of dreams. There is also a diary kept by Higginson during his army service and diaries kept by his mother describing daily life in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Finally, there are texts of "Negro spirituals" transcribed by Higginson, among other items. Most items in the collection were received with explanatory notes; some in the hand of Higginson and some in an unidentified hand.

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